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Theo Wilson Goes Viral Again, This Time on BuzzFeed

Theo Wilson
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Local activist and all-around renaissance man Theo Wilson continues to captivate the Internet with his thought-provoking commentaries on race and politics in America.

After the shocking events in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, we noted that a TED talk that Wilson had delivered in Denver earlier that year had gone viral; it's about an experiment in which he infiltrated the alt-right online.

Now, the same thing is happening with a compelling video released by BuzzFeed. The video, which has been viewed more than 1.8 million times on Facebook alone since it was released on Wednesday, March 14, covers the same topic: Wilson's infiltration of the alt-right by creating a fake conservative social-media profile.

What makes the video so powerful is that Wilson doesn't seek to divide; rather, he explains how he wanted to understand the alt-right movement and the people behind it. Watch the six-and-a-half-minute video below:


Before exploding on TED's and BuzzFeed's websites, Wilson was the subject of a Westword cover story in March of last year, in which we delved into his upbringing, slam poetry, thoughts on a changing Denver and how he'd already dealt with Internet fandom stemming from his own Facebook videos.

Things really took off after his TED talk went viral last August (now viewed over six million times), and he's received hundreds of emails, invitations for speaking engagements and interview requests from publications like the Washington Post.

Now that BuzzFeed has discovered this local voice, his profile is sure to elevate more.

Wilson's starring in the theater production Honorable Disorder, written and directed by Jeff Campbell, which opens on April 6 and will run through April 29 at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Find more information about the production at emancipationtheater.com
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Chris Walker is a freelancer and former staff writer at Westword. Before moving to the Mile High City he spent two years bicycling across Eurasia, during which he wrote feature stories for VICE, NPR, Forbes, and The Atlantic. Read more of Chris's feature work and view his portfolio here.
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